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Maharashtra: Tobacco Cessation Centres in state's 29 dental colleges

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16th April, 2019 07:19 IST
Nagpur: The Maharashtra University of Health Sciences (MUHS) will establish Tobacco Cessation Centers (TCCs) in all 29 affiliated dental colleges from the upcoming session. The decision has been taken following Central government directives to check tobacco menace in India.

The centres will help habitual smokers and tobacco users to give up the addiction. In Nagpur, Government Dental College and Hospital (GDCH) will have the TCC.

“As part of the global mission of World Health Organization (WHO), the Dental Council of India (DCI) has decided to start TCCs in all dental colleges in the country. In Maharashtra, all 29 dental colleges have been directed to establish and start the centres as per the guidelines of the health ministry,” said MUHS registrar Dr KD Chavan.

Dr Chavan said the need for TCCs was felt due to increase in oral cancer cases in Maharashtra.

TCC aims to provide patient care services and community awareness. The centres will conduct clinical-based individual tobacco cessation sessions as well as community awareness events.

According to Nagpur GDCH dean Dr Sindu Ganvir, preparations for the TCC at the dental college are in the final stage. “We have already marked a room on the ground floor for the TCC. The literature and digital material needed for the centre is already here. In the next phase, we will procure gadgets like projectors and cameras. The centre will start full-fledged work by upcoming academic session,” she said.

According to Dr Ganvir, the TCC will provide major boost to the pre-cancer and cancer awareness initiative of the dental college.

As per the directives issued by the health ministry, the TCCs would provide both training to students and cater to the cessation needs of the population. There should be consistent identification, documentation and treatment of every tobacco user at each visit to the hospital before effective treatment is offered, the ministry has directed.

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